On December 8, 2022, OneWeb successfully launched 40 satellites into Low-Earth orbit (LEO). These satellites are expected to provide global coverage for its connectivity network in 2023. Once the satellite constellation is complete, it will provide high-speed satcom, adding to Gogo’s existing North American air-to-ground system. Aviation services are expected to be available as soon as 2024. Read more about the OneWeb satellites.
4Air, an aviation sustainability company, has launched a monitoring and compliance program that will help operators monitor aircraft emissions reporting requirements, and then fulfill them automatically. According to 4Air, “The 4Air Regulatory Compliance Program automatically monitors operators’ flight activity to check and forecast any potential compliance obligations and then helps them meet reporting requirements.” This program also works to help meet decarbonization goals. More on this program can be found here.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame has announced its 2023 class. The Class of 2023 includes two history-making pilots, two trailblazers of aviation policy, an astronaut, a commercial aerospace innovator, and one of the richest men on Earth. A ceremony will take place in the fall of 2023 to commemorate this class. To read the full list, click here.
The Aircraft Electronics Association is now offering multiple scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year. If you plan on attending university for a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance or if you are a student for AEA member companies, you can apply now through April 1, 2023 for a scholarship. Read more about the application process here.
The FAA’s LODA requirement has been eliminated from an FAA directive that had required aircraft owners, pilots, and flight instructors to apply for this letter of deviation authority to give or receive flight training in experimental aircraft. Just before Christmas, on Dec 23, 2022, President Biden signed FY23 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) into effect for the fiscal year. The AOPA President, Mark Baker, said, "This reversal was a significant priority for AOPA. There was overwhelming support to eliminate the burdensome and unnecessary barrier this created for thousands of pilots." More information about this act can be found here.
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